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When using two little fishies 2 part dosing.
Test before dosing
How long after adding both supplements should I wait to retest?

Its a 30g rimless cube with a 10g sump
 

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I'm a firm believer of not dosing enough at 1 time to make a big change. I'd rather make those changes via dosing over a few days. My thought is to test before dosing instead.
 

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Really?
I heard that 24 hours after u have added your two parts it would revert back to the same numbers thus calling for you to dose again...like everyday in the morning as I do, and when you do you achieve boosted levels for the duration of the 24 hours which drop as their used up, so then u dose again each day.
 

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I started with 5ml of each and have increased to 8ml of each over 3 weeks
Every morning

And I did test before

Im trying to figure out how much my levels go up after dosing?
Or maybe I should be looking at it like im dosing daily to maintain levels
And if I want to increase those levels just increase my ml added slowly as im doing.

I use reef crystals with frequent WC

and I also pick up two little fishies mag supplement which I plan to start dosing once I get a mag test
 

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You have the right idea to dose daily/every other day/whatever to maintain levels and increase your ml to raise levels.

Also, you probably won't have to dose much Mg if at all if you are using the two little fishies 2 part. It is already handled within the 2 part.
 

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If you put the same amount of solution in an aquarium the level will stay the same as when you started,But different organisms will have a major effect on how fast they are utilized in the system,,You might want to test the newly mixed water that you are using for your water changes,You might be putting back water in your system that is lower in calcium, buffers and trace elements than the water you are taking out.......If you put the supplement in one day test the next day before you dose again.If it is low add a little more to your tank.You are already adding magnesium,Try not to play Dr jeckell.Mr Hyde with your tank..How long has your tank be established..What are you planning on keeping,what test kits are you using..
 

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My tank is almost four years old, so its well established. And its a mixed reef

I know there not the best but up to date API tests, I plan on getting better tests next time though
 

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Yeah,I would use better test kits,,The main thing is look at the overall health of what you are keeping in the tank,If the organisms are doing fine than you are on the right path,,Take pictures of the corals and coraline algae in the tank,at a set time as in every month,that way you can see the changes in their growth...Since you see the tank everyday you won`t see a big difference until the organism is a lot bigger than you remember....One Weird thing that I have noticed is that the coraline algae is the first thing that starts to go south when a tank starts having problems,It can also tell you,when your lighting level or intensity is changing,,because Different coraline algae likes different levels or intensity of light....What I like to do is put different varieties of coraline algae in a tank,So in one system one algae will grow fast as the lighting changes the algae growth or type shifts...It helps cut down on the growth of undesirable algae,So it is harder for it to get a foothold on the tank..Microalgae doesn`t grow on something that is living,what it does is it attaches to an area that is dead and smoothers by its growth things that are living,When the coraline dies or is not covering the rocks,algae can grow.......
 

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Aw, why is everyone so down on API anymore? Especially now that they have their nitrate kit working for saltwater, lol? I once saw the kH test verified against a lab kit, and it was pretty dang spot on. Usually errors in this test in my experience seem to be caused by human error...not holding the bottle straight up and down, what have you...more than inaccuracy in the test. The difference we tested for back then...shoot, your tank will change that much in a few hours!

Not to say there aren't better kits out there...more costly and tedious to use...but lately on here everyone is making it sound like you haven't a hope of running a successful tank whilst using API...

If anyone is in a science kinda mood, bring your awesome takes-two-hours calcium test and whatnot up here, maybe you can make a believer outta me! :)
 

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From the label on Kent superbuffer dKH:


"wait one hour to re-measure the alkalinity and 24 hours to re-measure pH levels."
Personally I wait two hours between multiple test.
 

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Lol, spaced out on what the thread was about...this came up in the shop the other day also. I have tested thirty minutes later, an hour later, and 12 hours later, and haven't noticed much of a difference. Probably a little lower 12 hours later, but with some systems this can simply mean it has used this much. The farm has to be dosed every day in the summer, sometimes both ca and buffered.
 
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